That puzzling Best Original Screenplay win for ‘Django Unchained’

I wanted to love Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and I actually did enjoy much of it, for about two-thirds of its 165-minute running time. But it's hard to account for what a bust the last third of the movie is — and harder still to account for the script winning Best Original Screenplay. Read more [...]

Christoph Waltz’s well-deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar for ‘Django Unchained’

It's no secret that Austrian-German actor Christoph Waltz steals Django Unchained. Quentin Tarantino's epic spaghetti-western-in-the-antebellum-South also features memorable turns by Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. But Waltz is nonetheless the best reason to see the movie. Read more [...]

Best movies of 2012: the ‘Honorable Mention’ category

Since there were more than 10 noteworthy movies in 2012, think of these as more potential candidates for your queue: superheroes, dissidents, indie misfits, and — all the way from Indonesia — what might be the best action movie since the original Die Hard. Read more [...]